"Why should we hire you?" is one of the most common questions you might be asked in a job interview.
The interviewer wants to learn more about you as a candidate, including:
• What differentiates you from the other candidates?
• How are you the right fit for our company?
4 Steps To Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"
Take time to plan an effective answer to this question before the interview.
Here are 4 easy steps to help you prepare:
Study the job posting
Research the company
Tie your background to the job posting
Quantify your accomplishments
Step 1: Study The Job Posting
Study the job post to understand the specific skills, qualities and experience employers are looking for in an ideal candidate.
Jeff is going to have a job interview. What information in the job post would NOT help him prepare an answer for "Why should we hire you?"
The job description
The skills required
The compensation package
Step 2 : Research The Company
Invest some time to study the company's mission, goals, and recent announcements. This information can help you to communicate your values and why you are the best candidate.
Step 3 : Tie Your Background To The Job Posting
Explain how your experience, skills and attributes make you the best fit.
You can address each of the requirements listed in the job posting and any other additional qualities that will make you shine.
Which of the following answers to "Why should we hire you?" make Jeff stand out among the candidates?
I like your social media presence.
I have the skills for your project.
I went to school with the CEO.
I'm a hard worker.
Step 4 : Quantify Your Accomplishments
Sometimes numbers speak louder than words. Words and statements might get too abstract to understand. Support your accomplishments with numerical results to impress the interviewers.
Jeff would like to impress his interviewer with a past career achievement. Which of the following might give him the most credibility?
I was the top salesperson in the branch.
I contributed 33% of branch sales.
I was a team leader.
I solved a lot of sales problems.
Sit down, and grab your favorite drink. It's time to prepare for the interview!
Write down any relevant qualities or experiences that set you apart from other candidates. Below are some prompts for you to run through:
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